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Nutrition & Food Science

A guide to resources for finding articles, books, and data in nutrition and food science.

In-class assignment

We're going to collectively evaluate whether several articles help to answer our research question.

First, we're going to think about how we are defining our question. Then we'll look at the full-text of few articles to find the information relevant to determining whether we can include them in our paper/assignment.

The topic we're looking at is dietary patterns and subclinical atherosclerosis. In the interest of time, we're going to focus on the "dietary patterns" part of this question.

You can access the PDFs of the articles we'll be looking at through this link

We'll use this form to report back what we found in the papers

Search Basics

Boolean Operators

Note: most databases and search engines assume AND if no operator is used between terms.

AND To find results containing all terms or concepts. Narrows results. primates AND enrichment

To find results containing any of the terms. Used for combining synonyms or similar concepts.
Broadens results.

mouse OR murine OR mus musculus
NOT Used to exclude a term from all results. Narrows results, but can often exclude relevant articles.
Use with caution.
animal models NOT primates


Use parentheses to link sets of similar concepts or synonyms:

(eye OR ocular OR cornea) AND toxicity testing AND (alternatives OR biological assay OR in vitro OR ex vivo OR culture)


Truncation can be used to include all forms of a word in a search without having to type each one out. For example, in PubMed:

therap*  will return results with therapy, therapies, therapeutic, therapeutics... etc.
reduc*   will return reduce, reduces, reduction... etc.

Most databases use the asterisk (*) for truncation, but not all. If you are unsure, you can usually find the appropriate symbol under Help.


Reference managers

Citation management tools can help you to organize your research materials and create citations in bibliographies when you are writing. NYU Libraries supports several different managers. You can learn more about them and link to details about each from the link below.

Citation Management Tools 

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